Marco Battaglini



Edward H. Meyer Professor of Economics, Cornell University

Non-resident Fellow, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance.


Northwestern University, Ph.D., 2000
Bocconi University, BA, 1995


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Research Interests

Economic Theory, Game Theory, Contract Theory, Political Economy, Laboratory Experiments.

Selected Publications

"Coalition Formation in Legislative Bargaining", Marco Battaglini, Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming.

"Endogenous Social Interactions with Unobserved Networks", Marco Battaglini and Eleonora Patacchini (with E. Rainone), Review of Economic Studies, forthcoming.

"Effectiveness of Connected Legislators" (with E. Patacchini and V. L. Sciabolazza), American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.

"The Political Economy of Public Debt: A Laboratory Study" (with S. Nunnari and T. Palfrey), Journal of the European Economic Association, forthcoming

"Optimal Dynamic Contracting: the First-Order Approach and Beyond" (with R. Lamba), Theoretical Economics, forthcoming.

"The Political Economy of Weak Treaties" (with B. Harstad), Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming.

"The Informative Theory of Legislative Committees" (with L. W. Lai and J. Wang), American Political Science Review, 2019, Volume 133, Issue 1, pages 55-76.

“Influencing Connected Legislators” (with E. Patacchini), Journal of Political Economy, 2018, Volume 126, Issue 6, pages 2277-2322.

“Self-Control and Peer Groups: An empirical analysis” (with C. Diaz and E. Patacchini), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2017, Volume 134, pages 240-254.

“Public Protests and Policy Making”, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2017, Volume 132, Issue 1, pages 485-549.

“The Dynamic Free Rider Problem: A Laboratory Study” (with S. Nunnari and T. Palfrey), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2016, Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 268-308.

“The Costs and Benefits of Balanced Budget Rules: Lessons from a Political Economy Model of Fiscal Policy”, (with M. Azzimonti and S. Coate), Journal of Public Economics, 2016, Volume 136, April, pages 45-61.

“Growth and Fiscal Policy: a Positive Theory” (with L. Barseghyan), Journal of Monetary Economics, 2016, Volume 82, pages 36-51.

“Participation and Duration of Environmental Agreements” (with B. Harstad), Journal of Political Economy, 2016, Volume 124, Issue 1, pages 160-204.

“Dynamic Free Riding with Irreversible Investments” (with S. Nunnari and T. Palfrey), American Economic Review, 2014, Volume 104, Issue 9, pages 2858-71.

“A Dynamic Theory of Public Spending, Taxation and Debt” (with S. Coate), American Economic Review, 2008, Volume 98, Issue 1, pages 201-36.

“Inefficiency in Legislative Policy-Making: A Dynamic Analysis” (with S. Coate), American Economic Review, 2007, Volume 97, Issue 1, pages 118-149.

“Long-Term Contracting with Markovian Consumers”, American Economic Review, 2005, Volume 95, Issue 3, pages 637-658.

“Multiple Referrals and Multidimensional Cheap Talk”, Econometrica, 2002, Volume 70, Issue 4, pages 1379-1401.

Working Papers

"Coalition Formation in Legislative Bargaining", February 2019

"econet: An R package for parameter-dependent network centrality measures" with V. Sciabolazza, E. Patacchini and S. Peng, June 2018

"Legislative Effectiveness with Endogenous Network Formation", with E. Patacchini and E. Rainone, February 2018

Honors, Awards and Fellowships

Elected Fellow of the Econometric Society - 2014

Carlo Alberto Medal, awarded to an Italian economist under the age of 40 for his/her outstanding research contributions to the field of economics - 2009

Michael Wallerstein award from the American Political Science Association for best article published in 2008 in the area of political economy (jointly awarded with S. Coate) - 2009

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow - 2006

NSF CAREER Award: “A Legislative Theory of public Spending, Debt and Taxation” - 2005

Kenneth Arrow Prize in Economics for Junior Faculty - 2005


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